The ministry added that later in December, about 50 units of US military equipment, including Abrams main battle tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, will be stationed at Lithuania's Mumaiciai district, as part of the so-called European Activity Set.
According to the Defense Ministry, a decision to store the US equipment in Mumaiciai was followed by the refurbishment of hangars where the equipment will be kept and the tightening of security of the area.
Earlier, the Ambassador of France in Lithuania Philippe Jeantaud offered Vilnius to send Lithuanian troops to Africa so that they could replace their French counterparts there.
Late last month, Lithuania's Defense Minister, Juozas Olekas, urged NATO to deploy more troops in the Baltic region, after his meeting with the Supreme Allied Commander of the US European Command, Philip Mark Breedlove, in the capital Vilnius.
Olekas claimed said that regional security would only be maintained with a long-term and continuous presence of NATO weaponry and equipment.